Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Securitas AB (publ), 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
The shareholders of Securitas AB are hereby invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) to be held at 3 p.m. CET on Friday 8 May 2015 at Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel, Guldgränd 8, Stockholm. Registration for the AGM begins at 2 p.m. CET.
A. NOTICE OF ATTENDANCE
Shareholders who wish to attend the AGM must:
(i) be recorded in the share register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB, made as of Saturday 2 May 2015;
(ii) notify Securitas AB of their intent to participate in the AGM at the address: Securitas AB,”AGM”, P.O. Box 7842, SE-103 98 Stockholm, Sweden, by telephone +46 10 470 31 30 or via the company website www.securitas.com/agm2015, by Monday 4 May 2015, at the latest. On giving notice of attendance, the shareholder shall state name, personal or corporate identity number or equivalent, address and telephone number. A proxy form is available on the company website www.securitas.com/agm2015 and will be sent by mail to shareholders informing the company of their address and their wish to receive a copy of the proxy form. Proxy holders and representatives of legal persons shall submit papers of authorisation prior to the AGM. As confirmation of the notification, Securitas AB will send an entry card to be presented at registration for the AGM.
In order to participate in the proceedings of the AGM, owners with nominee-registered shares must request their bank or broker to have their shares temporarily owner-registered with Euroclear Sweden AB. Such registration must be made as of Saturday 2 May 2015 and the banker or broker should therefore be notified in due time before said date.
As Saturday 2 May 2015 is not a bank day Euroclear Sweden AB will issue the share register for the AGM on the previous bank day, i.e. Thursday 30 April 2015. This means that shareholders who wish to participate in the AGM must be recorded and owner-registered in the share register on Thursday 30 April 2015.
Proposal for Agenda
1. Opening of the Meeting.
2. Election of Chairman of the Meeting.
3. Preparation and approval of the voting list.
4. Approval of the agenda.
5. Election of one or two person(s) to approve the minutes.
6. Determination of compliance with the rules of convocation.
7. The President’s report.
8. Presentation of
(a) the Annual Report and the Auditor’s Report and the Consolidated Financial Statements and the Group Auditor’s Report,
(b) the statement by the auditor on the compliance with the guidelines for remuneration to senior management applicable since the last AGM, and
(c) the Board’s proposal for appropriation of the company’s profit and the Board’s motivated statement thereon.
9. Resolutions regarding
(a) adoption of the Statement of Income and the Balance Sheet and the Consolidated Statement of Income and the Consolidated Balance Sheet as per 31 December 2014,
(b) appropriation of the company’s profit according to the adopted Balance Sheet,
(c) record date for dividend, and
(d) discharge of the Board of Directors and the President from liability for the financial year 2014.
10. Determination of the number of Board members.
11. Determination of fees to Board members and auditors.
12. Election of Board members.
13. Election of auditors.
14. Election of members of the Nomination Committee.
15. Determination of guidelines for remuneration to senior management.
16. Resolution regarding a proposal for authorization of the Board to resolve on acquisition of the company’s shares.
17. Resolutions regarding the implementation of an incentive scheme, including hedging measures through the entering into of a share swap agreement.
18. Closing of the Meeting.
Election of Chairman of the Meeting (item 2 on the agenda)
The Nomination Committee elected by the AGM 2014 and consisting of Gustaf Douglas (Investment AB Latour, etc.), Mikael Ekdahl (Melker Schörling AB), Jan Andersson (Swedbank Robur Fonder), Johan Sidenmark (AMF) (replacing Henrik Didner, Didner & Gerge) and Johan Strandberg (SEB Investment Management), proposed Melker Schörling, Chairman of the Board, to be elected Chairman of the AGM 2015.
Proposal for Dividend (items 9 (b) and (c) on the agenda)
The Board proposes that a dividend of SEK 3 per share be declared. As record date for the dividend, the Board proposes 12 May 2015. If the AGM so resolves, the dividend is expected to be distributed by Euroclear Sweden AB starting 18 May 2015.
Proposals for Election of Board Members and Auditors and Resolution regarding Fees to the Board Members and the Auditors (items 10-13 on the agenda)
At the AGM 2015, the Nomination Committee will, in connection with the election of Board members and auditors and the resolutions regarding fees to the Board members and the auditors, present and motivate the below proposals and also report on its activities. In connection with the notice, the reasoned statement of the Nomination Committee will be held available at the company website, www.securitas.com/agm2015.
The Nomination Committee has proposed the following:
The number of Board members shall be eight, with no deputy members. The Nomination Committee proposes re-election of the Board members Fredrik Cappelen, Carl Douglas, Marie Ehrling, Annika Falkengren, Alf Göransson, Fredrik Palmstierna, Melker Schörling and Sofia Schörling Högberg, for the period up to and including the AGM 2016, with Melker Schörling as Chairman of the Board.
As auditors, the Committee proposes the re-election of the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AB, with authorized public accountant Patrik Adolfson as auditor in charge, for a period up to and including the AGM for 2016. The auditor’s fees are proposed to be paid as per agreement.
Fees to the Board members for the period up to and including the AGM 2016 shall amount to SEK 4 975 000 in total (including fees for committee work) to be distributed between the Board members as follows: the Chairman of the Board shall receive SEK 1 200 000, the Deputy Chairman shall receive SEK 750 000 and each of the other Board members, except the President, shall receive SEK 500 000. As consideration for the committee work, the Chairman of the Audit Committee shall receive SEK 250 000 the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee shall receive SEK 100 000, the members of the Audit Committee each SEK 125 000 and the members of the Remuneration Committee each SEK 50 000.
Proposal for Election of Members of the Nomination Committee (item 14 on the agenda)
Shareholders jointly representing approximately 25 per cent of the shares and approximately 47 per cent of the votes in the company propose the AGM to adopt the following resolution:
The Nomination Committee in respect of the AGM 2016 shall have five members: Gustaf Douglas (Investment AB Latour, etc), Mikael Ekdahl (Melker Schörling AB), Jan Andersson (Swedbank Robur Fonder), Johan Sidenmark (AMF) and Johan Strandberg (SEB Investment Management). Gustaf Douglas shall be elected Chairman of the Nomination Committee. If a shareholder, represented by a member of the Nomination Committee, is no longer one of the major shareholders of Securitas, or if a member of the Nomination Committee is no longer employed by such shareholder, or for any other reason leaves the Committee before the AGM 2016, the Committee shall have the right to appoint another representative of the major shareholders to replace such member.
Proposal for Guidelines for Remuneration to Senior Management (item 15 on the agenda)
The Board’s proposal for guidelines for remuneration to senior management principally entails that the total remuneration shall be competitive and in accordance with market conditions. The benefits shall consist of fixed salary, possible variable remuneration and other customary benefits and pension. The variable remuneration shall have an upper limit and be related to the fixed salary. The variable remuneration shall be based on the outcome in relation to set targets and be in line with the interests of the shareholders. Pension benefits shall be fee-based and pension rights shall be applicable as from the age of 65, at the earliest. The variable remuneration shall not be pension qualifying unless local regulations provide otherwise. The Board shall have the right to deviate from the guidelines in individual cases if there are particular grounds for such deviation.
Proposal for Authorization of the Board to Resolve on Acquisition of the Company’s Shares (item 16 on the agenda)
The Board proposes that the AGM for 2015 authorizes the Board to resolve upon acquisition of the company’s own shares of Series B according to the following terms: (i) acquisition of shares may take place on Nasdaq Stockholm, (ii) acquisition of shares may take place on one or several occasions during the time up to the AGM for 2016, (iii) acquisition of shares may only be made so that the shares held by the company at any point in time does not exceed ten (10) percent of all shares in the company, (iv) acquisition of shares shall be made at a price which falls within the prevailing price interval registered at each point in time, meaning the interval between the highest purchase price and the lowest selling price, (v) payment for acquired shares shall be made in cash, and (vi) the Board should be authorized to decide upon any additional terms for the acquisition. The purpose of the proposed authorization to acquire shares is to allow the Board to adjust the company’s capital structure, to contribute to shareholder value. If shares are repurchased, the Board intends to propose that the company’s share capital shall be decreased through share reduction of the repurchased shares.
A decision by the AGM on the proposal according to this item 16 must be supported by shareholders representing at least two thirds of the votes cast as well as the shares present at the AGM in order for the proposal to be adopted.
Proposal for Incentive Scheme (item 17 on the agenda)
Background and Motives
For the past five years, the AGM has adopted a share related incentive scheme for the Group. The Board notes that the program is now well established throughout the organization and is delivering the expected results. As per March 2015, a total of 1,779 employees have received shares through the program. In keeping with the Board’s communicated intention when the previous programs were proposed, the Board therefore proposes that a similar incentive scheme be adopted by the AGM in 2015.
The motive for the proposal is the Board’s intention to continue with the redesigned bonus structure to enable the Group to gradually have approximately 2,500 of Securitas top managers as shareholders, thus strengthening the employee ownership in Securitas’ future success and development to the benefit of all shareholders. The Board is of the opinion that these benefits may be achieved by continuing to provide a share related part in the existing performance-based cash bonus schemes. It is the assessment of the Board that the proposed scheme will also increase the Group’s attractiveness as an employer.
The proposal principally entails that 1/3 of any annual bonus earned under the performance based cash bonus schemes would be converted into a right to receive shares, with delayed allotment and subject to continued employment.
(a) Implementation of an Incentive Scheme
The Board proposes that the AGM resolves on a share and cash bonus scheme for 2015 (the “Incentive Scheme”) in accordance with the following main principles. Approximately 2,500 Securitas employees who participate in the Securitas cash bonus schemes will participate in the Incentive Scheme and thereby be entitled to receive a part of the yearly bonus in the form of shares in Securitas, provided that certain predetermined and measurable performance targets, which apply also under the cash bonus schemes, are met.
The principles already applicable under the existing incentive scheme, shall continue to apply. The existing principles include clearly measurable, performance based targets that are set as close to the local business as possible and aim for long term profitability of the Group. The performance targets vary depending on the position of the employee, but are as a principle based on year-on-year improvement of operating income (“EBITA”) in the area of responsibility. In principle all operative personnel at relevant levels in all regions also have targets based on improvement of cash flow. For the employees of the parent company, the performance is measured based on year-on-year improvement of earnings per share (“EPS”). The performance improvement compared to last year’s actual performance which is required to achieve maximum bonus, varies for different entities throughout the Group.
Provided that the applicable performance criteria are met, the yearly bonus will be determined at the outset of 2016 and be payable by (i) 2/3 in cash at the outset of 2016 and (ii) 1/3 in shares of series B (the “Bonus Shares”) at the outset of 2017. The number of shares to which each participant will be entitled shall be determined by the ratio between the available bonus and the average share price at which the shares are purchased (such purchase to be made during Q1 2016 in accordance with applicable regulations). Distribution of Bonus Shares in accordance with (ii) is subject to the following two conditions: (1) if the total accrued bonus amounts to less than EUR 3 900, the whole bonus will be paid out in cash in accordance with (i) above, and (2) the employee must remain employed by Securitas as of the last day of February 2017 except where an employee has left his/her employment due to retirement, death or long-term disability, in which case the employee shall have a continued right to receive Bonus Shares.
Prior to the distribution of Bonus Shares, the employee will not be awarded any shareholder rights (e.g. voting rights or rights to dividend) connected to the Bonus Shares. At distribution of the Bonus Shares, the employee shall, however, be entitled to additional shares up to a value corresponding to any dividend decided per share corresponding to the total number of Bonus Shares during the period from payment of the cash bonus until distribution of the Bonus Shares, adjusted to the closest number of whole shares that can be purchased for the dividend for each participant. The Board shall be entitled to resolve on a reduction of the distribution of Bonus Shares if distribution in accordance with the above conditions – considering Securitas’ result and financial position, other circumstances regarding the Group’s development and the conditions on the stock market – would be clearly unreasonable. Participation in the Incentive Scheme presumes that such participation is lawful and that such participation in Securitas’ opinion can take place with reasonable administrative costs and economic efforts. The Board shall however be entitled to implement an alternative incentive solution for employees in such countries where participation in the Incentive Plan is not advisable, which alternative solution shall, as far as practically possible, correspond to the terms of the Incentive Scheme.
The Board shall be responsible for the particulars and the handling of the Incentive Scheme within the frame of the above principal guidelines and shall also be entitled to make such minor adjustments which may prove necessary due to legal or administrative circumstances.
(b) Hedging Measures
In order to enable the delivery of Bonus Shares in accordance with the Incentive Scheme, the Board of Directors proposes that the AGM, similar to previous years, approves the hedging of the delivery of the shares to the employees by Securitas entering into a share swap agreement with a third party, whereby the third party in its own name shall acquire and transfer shares in the company to employees participating in the scheme. The cost for the swap is estimated at SEK 325 000 assuming the same bonus amount as last year.
Resolutions and Voting Majority
The proposals according to (a) and (b) above shall be adopted as one single resolution and must be supported by shareholders representing more than half of the votes cast, or, in case of equal voting, by the opinion supported by the Chairman of the AGM.
Effect on Important Key Ratios
The number of shares in Securitas AB amounts to 365 058 897. The Incentive Scheme may lead to acquisition of a maximum of 2 000 000 shares, which is equivalent to 0.55 per cent of the total number of outstanding shares and 0.39 per cent of the total number of votes in Securitas. In view of the proposed swap agreement, there will be no impact on the earnings per share, other than the increased costs that the Incentive Scheme could cause.
C. AVAILABLE DOCUMENTATION ETC.
The following documentation will be available at the company and on the company website www.securitas.com/agm2015 at the latest as from 17 April 2015 and will also be available at the AGM: (i) the Annual Report and the Auditor’s Report, including the Board’s proposal for guidelines for remuneration to senior management, (ii) the statement by the auditor on the compliance with the guidelines for remuneration to senior management applicable since the last AGM, (iii) the complete proposal by the Board with respect to appropriation of profit and the Board’s motivated statement thereon, (iv) the proposal by the Board on authorization to resolve upon acquisition of the company’s shares and the Board’s reasoned statement thereon pursuant to Chapter 19, Section 22 of the Swedish Companies Act and (v) the complete proposal of the Board with respect to the Incentive Scheme. In addition hereto, copies of the documentation will be sent to the shareholders who so request, indicating their mailing address.
D. INFORMATION AT THE AGM
The Board and the President shall, if a shareholder so requests and the Board considers that this can be done without significant harm to the company, give information on such circumstances that may affect the assessment of a matter on the agenda, circumstances that may affect the assessment of the financial situation of the company or its subsidiaries and the company’s relationship with another Group company. Anyone who wishes to present a question in advance may do so to Securitas AB at the same mail address which has been stated above for the notifications to attend the AGM.
E. NUMBER OF SHARES AND VOTES IN THE COMPANY
At the date of this notice, the total number of shares in the company amounts to 365 058 897, of which 17 142 600 are shares of series A and 347 916 297 shares of series B. Each series A share entitles the holder to ten votes and each series B share entitles the holder to one vote. The total number of votes in the company amounts to 519 342 297.
The company holds no shares in the company.
Stockholm in March 2015
the Board of Directors
SECURITAS AB (publ)
Securitas is a global knowledge leader in security. From a broad range of services of specialized guarding, technology solutions and consulting and investigations, we customize offerings that are suited to the individual customer’s needs, in order to deliver the most effective security solutions. Everywhere from small stores to airports, our 310,000 employees are making a difference.
Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 16.00. (CET) on March 27, 2015.